“Speak Early - Speak Often About Teen Driving Safety”
Get Ready Again!
Global Youth Traffic Safety Month
Breaking Bad Habits
“Save Your Friend’s Life Over the Airwaves” Contest.
Hello Teen Driving Safety Advocate,
The New York State Association of Traffic Safety Boards (NYSATSB) requests your assistance in the promotion of their annual statewide radio public service announcement (PSA) “Save Your Friend’s Life Over the Airwaves” contest. The contest is conducted to increase teen awareness of the leading risk factors and risk reduction measures associated with teen driver car crashes and injuries and to identify messages developed by teens for teens to incorporate into statewide campaigns to promote safe teen driving behaviors.
Motor vehicle crashes are preventable, yet continue to be the leading cause of death and unintentional injuries for sixteen and seventeen year old adolescents in New York State. Every day approximately six teen drivers are treated in NYS hospitals due to motor vehicle crashes. This number of teens would fill approximately 90 high school classrooms. The issue of teen driving also affects others who share New York State roadways as most of the crash deaths involving teen drivers occur to someone other than the driver.
High school students/student groups can enter the contest by submitting an Entry Form, signed Release Form and a 30-second recorded radio PSA addressing one or more of the following risk factors associated with teen crashes and injuries: drowsy driving, speeding, safety belt use, and distracted driving. One or more winners will be selected for each topic area. Each winner will receive a monetary award as well as state and local recognition. The winning PSAs will be provided to radio stations and incorporated into community based public awareness campaigns during National Teen Driver Safety Week to promote teen driving and passenger safety behaviors. All entries must be postmarked by xxxxx 2014.
This year's contest is funded by monetary contributions received from AAA New York State, the New York State Chiefs of Police Association, Inc, New York State Sheriffs' Association, AAA Hudson Valley and AAA Northway with support from the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.
Please distribute or forward the attached contest information to teachers and student groups in your high school The contest materials are also available at www.safeny.ny.gov/SRO-toolkit/contests.html
Thank you for your attention to this request and support of this traffic safety initiative. Feel free to contact Laurie Prividera, AAA Hudson Valley at (518) 426-1000 ext. 2441 or trafficsafety@AAAHV.com if you have any questions regarding the contest.
NYSATSB Youth Committee Chairperson
Debra Douglass, MS, CHES, CPST
Occupant Protection and Teen Driving Safety Project Manager
NYSDOH Bureau of Occupational Health & Injury Prevention
Corning Tower, Room 1325, ESP
Albany, NY 12237
P 518-473-1143, F 518-474-3067
Last Year's Contest
Have you seen the movie "The 5th Quarter"?
The movie, The 5th Quarter, was released last year and is a heartfelt
story about the impact that a collision and the death of a child has on a family. Some of our members showed it the last day of classes and found it very moving. Note you have to get started right away to get it done in the 90 minutes so as not to just end the movie and walk away. It certainly is effective and well done. Sending a note home to parents with the links below can bring the parents into the partnership idea at the end of the course. Parents can be invited to the showing in class or a note home recommending that they rent it or at least watch the "Today" interview.
It's highly recommend that all driver education teachers watch this movie. Here's the links below for background information. put these in your browser: